2001 Carruades de Lafite, Pauillac
Fresh and focused, with violet, berry and cherry character. Medium body, with silky tannins and a clean finish. Best after 2007.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Dark red. Subdued, lightly herbal aromas of currant, blueberry, tobacco leaf, chocolate, menthol and shoe polish. Perfumed and penetrating, with a restrained sweetness and a slight herbal edge. Finishes youthfully dry, juicy and persistent. This very elegantly styled wine grew suppler with aeration, showing a flavor of bitter cherry and finish. Very Pauillac.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The elegant second wine, 2001 Carruades de Lafite reveals notions of lead pencil shavings intertwined with cherry, currant, cranberry, and wet stone-like aromas.
42% Merlot, 50% Cab, 6% Cab Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. The merlot shines through here. Round and supple on the palate. Here's a fine value for the vintage. From Jancis Robinson: "Deep crimson. Lightish and elegant but not that much follow through. Still quite youthful. This wine had lots of punch but not much of Lafite's trademark subtlety. I would hang on to it for quite a while if I had some." (04/2011)